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Mad Fish Dive Centre

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Kadavu Island, Fiji
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About Mad Fish Dive Centre
Mad Fish Dive Centre is Kadavu Island's only PADI 5 Star Dive Centre. Based at Matava Resort we take guests out to dive the Great Astrolable Barrier Reef. Best known for our world famous Manta Ray dive site, we also have numerous other sites including passageway drift dives, outer barrier reef slopes and lagoon coral gardens.
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Katie M wrote a review Dec 2019
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Even though we were only able to dive for two days they were great. Iso was a great divemaster who went the extra mile to make my friend, who was returning to diving after some time, feel safe on our dives.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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nickytaylor747 wrote a review Jun 2018
Sydney, Australia5 contributions1 helpful vote
A big "Vinaka" to Maika and Eso for five wonderful dive days on your lovely Astrolabe reef. I enjoyed the variety of dive sites, the small stuff, big stuff and healthy coral (though soft corals in some sites were destroyed in the recent cyclone). Mad Fish also put in the extra yards for snorkelers I noticed, dropping them off in a different boat when the dive spots were unsuitable. Good work guys! The gear looked nice too - could have left mine at home. Will come back to this one.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Dive_Junkie wrote a review Aug 2017
Auckland Central, New Zealand49 contributions15 helpful votes
Well run dive operation with good gear (even though I took all my own) and very friendly and accommodating staff. Two 45 minute dives each day with a third on request. Often snorkelers come out on the boat and swim once the divers are splashed. I was lucky enough to be the only diver on two of the days and having the Astrolabe Reef all to yourself is amazing!! The coral is up there with the best I have seen. My only complaint is that the mantas weren't home, but that's nature. A special thanks for Eso, the dive master, and his team for an incredible few days on the reef.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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Klaasjan wrote a review Jan 2016
Arequipa, Peru23 contributions8 helpful votes
[Travelers: DM Certified (500+ dives), AOW (80 dives)] We visited Matava and dove with Mad Fish Dive Centre in December. After arrival, we checked in with the dive center, completed the mandatory paperwork and got no further briefing on what the procedures were. I asked if it was possible to use two tanks to do a check-dive (shore dive), but was told the dive center was about to close and they would close off the storage [note that none of the bures have locks on the door]. The next day we took it easy and did the check dive on the shore. With regards to the daily dive operations, I couldn't find a pattern if there would be two boat dive or three boat dives a day. The day before Christmas, we learned from fellow guests that the dive center would be closed and there wouldn't be any diving on Christmas day (at least something that could have been mentioned during booking or check-in). There wouldn't be enough time anymore to get all the dives of the package in. In the morning, the dive leader comes to breakfast and ask 'who is diving today?', without further information on the plan, distance to the sites, type of sites or expected conditions. We provide feedback to the staff during our stay, but it was put aside. Regarding equipment : make sure you bring INT regulators or your own adapter (would be nice to mention during booking). The tanks do not have removable inserts. During every dive I encountered multiple tanks leaking ; either from the valve (bad connection / O-ring) or even from the neck of the tank/valve. I hope, they will take feedback at heart. With minor improvements (especially around communication), things could make a big difference.
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Date of experience: December 2015
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Response from AdrianWatt, Owner at Mad Fish Dive Centre
Responded Jan 20, 2016
Hi Klaasjan, Thank you for your review and we do take all feedback to heart. Our dive boats go out each morning and two two dives on the barrier reef with a one hour surface interval. They then return to the Resort for lunch. An extra afternoon dive is available on request. We will occasionally delay the dive start times because we want to dive certain sites at specific states of the tide. We occasionally take a picnic lunch and do surface intervals on beaches and occasionally offer 3 tank dive days with beach BBQ etc. Christmas is always a bit of a challenge so we apologize if daily schedules and plans were not properly communicated to you. Communications aside, we hope you enjoyed diving the Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef. Best regards, Adrian
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Eric B wrote a review Feb 2015
Durango, Colorado, United States5 contributions2 helpful votes
only thing i can complain about is that i asked to go to the manta dive every day and we waited until the last day then didnt find them. also, spotted dolhpins on way to diving and didnt even slow down to see them.. but loved all the crew.
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Date of experience: February 2015
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Response from AdrianWatt, Owner at Mad Fish Dive Centre
Responded Feb 23, 2015
Hi Eric, Thank you for your review. The spinner dolphins here are extremely shy. They love to play with fast moving boats but if you slow right down or stop they move away. Manta Reef is outside the Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef so diving there is subject to suitable weather conditions and tides. The divemasters were waiting for appropriate weather and more importantly, the best tidal conditions for seeing some mantas. We have about a 90% success rate diving Manta Reef and I regret you didn't see any. If you ever have the opportunity to return, we will take you diving there for free. In the mean time we wish you safe and happy travels. Best regards, Adrian
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